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bookstores even wanted to have it. waldenbooks said we don't want to insult our reader. .. >> the author looks at the transformative nature of the war from the displacement of people in battle-worn cities throughout europe and japan to the creation of the united nations and the continued rise of communism in the soviet union and china. this is about an hour and 15 minutes. >> in buruma, the henry r. ruth professor of journalism was educated in japan. he's won several awards for his work. the publications he writes for include the new york review of books, the new yorker, "the new york times," nrc, and "the guardian," which recently published his iley-learn -- iley-learned review of the book. among his previous books are "taming the gods," "murder in amsterdam," and "inventing japan: 1863-1964." in "year zero," most of which he wrote while he was a fellow at the common center in 2011-'12 to the serious envy of his fellow fellows that he was so ructive, he's -- productive, he's produced a brilliant or trail of the world emerging from the unspeakable horrors of world wor ii in europe and as
because of the connection with england and america and germany and crucially in japan. >> i don't think that it helps necessarily to know germany well or japan while to explain the human propensity for extreme violence. i think that we shar shared thet of horrified fascination with white people are capable of doing terrible things. i don't think -- there are people who say that you could explain this because they have and the extermination that they meant how deep it goes from hitler or the japanese that are uniquely barbaric and cruel. i don't belief that for a minute. and i think that your question is a good one. how is it that one of the most highly educated and civilized countries in europe produced so much extraordinary lives because yes it was hitler the planet it, that he couldn't have done it on his own. he had a very active participation. and i think hitler is one example and has the most extreme example in modern history that there are others on a smaller scale of the political regime that deliberately exploit peoples basic instincts and i think the idea that there is a tortur
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